range ( ranges plural & 3rd person present) ( ranging present participle) ( ranged past tense & past participle )
1 n-count A rangeof things is a number of different things of the same general kind.
usu with supp, oft N of n
A wide range of colours and patterns are available..., The two men discussed a range of issues...
2 n-count A range is the complete group that is included between two points on a scale of measurement or quality.
usu with supp, oft n N
The average age range is between 35 and 55., ...properties available in the price range they are looking for.
3 n-count The rangeof something is the maximum area in which it can reach things or detect things.
usu with supp
The 120mm mortar has a range of 18,000 yards...
4 verb If things rangebetween two points or rangefrom one point to another, they vary within these points on a scale of measurement or quality.
They range in price from $3 to $15. V from amount to amount
...offering merchandise ranging from the everyday to the esoteric. V from n to n
...temperatures ranging between 5°C and 20°C. V between pl-amount
5 n-count A range of mountains or hills is a line of them.
usu with supp
...the massive mountain ranges to the north.
6 n-count A rifle range or a shooting range is a place where people can practise shooting at targets.
usu supp N
It reminds me of my days on the rifle range preparing for duty in Vietnam.
7 n-count A range or kitchen range is an old-fashioned metal cooker.
(BRIT) usu with supp
8 n-count A range or kitchen range is a large metal device for cooking food using gas or electricity. A range consists of a grill, an oven, and some gas or electric rings.
in BRIT, usually use cooker
10 If something is in range or within range, it is near enough to be reached or detected. If it is out of range, it is too far away to be reached or detected.
within range, out of range phrase v-link PHR, PHR after v
Cars are driven through the mess, splashing everyone in range., ...a base within range of enemy missiles..., The fish stayed 50 yards offshore, well out of range.
11 If you see or hit something at close range or from close range, you are very close to it when you see it or hit it. If you do something at a range of half a mile, for example, you are half a mile away from it when you do it.
at close range, from close range phrase PHR after v He was shot in the head at close range..., The enemy opened fire at a range of only 20 yards.
driving range ( driving ranges plural ) A driving range is an outdoor place where you can practise playing golf. n-count
Free-range means relating to a system of keeping animals in which they can move and feed freely on an area of open ground. adj usu ADJ n
1 adj A long-range piece of military equipment or vehicle is able to hit or detect a target a long way away or to travel a long way in order to do something.
usu ADJ n (Antonym: short-range)
He is very keen to reach agreement with the US on reducing long-range nuclear missiles., ...the growing use on the North Atlantic routes of long-range twin-engined aircraft.
2 adj A long-range plan or prediction relates to a period extending a long time into the future.
usu ADJ n
Eisenhower was intensely aware of the need for long-range planning.
You can use mid-range to describe products or services which are neither the most expensive nor the cheapest of their type. adj ADJ n
...the price of a mid-range family car.
rifle range ( rifle ranges plural ) A rifle range is a place where you can practise shooting with a rifle. n-count
Short-range weapons or missiles are designed to be fired across short distances. adj ADJ n (Antonym: long-range)